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Rheneas is a carmine engine on the Skarloey Railway, and one of the oldest engines on the Isle of Sodor.

Rheneas
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Number:

40

First Released:

1996

Bio

A tough little engine by nature, but because of his age, he often breaks down mechanically, which he hates. His sole purpose in life is to work hard and uphold the fine reputation of the railway system. He is always concerned about the well-being of passengers and is well respected by the other engines and especially by drivers and firemen alike.

Historical Note: 

"Rheneas is based on a narrow gauge, industrial tank engine, built in England in the 1860s."

Basis

Rheneas is based on Dolgoch from the Talyllyn Railway. Dolgoch is an 0-4-0WT tank engine built by Fletcher, Jennings & Co. in 1866, with both a back tank (behind the cab) and a well tank (between the frames).

Versions

  • Regular, Plastic Face (1996)
  • Metallic (1998)

Model

The Ertl Rheneas model is a carmine steam engine with a narrow boiler. It was created only in plastic-face form, and runs on four wheels behind siderods. Stickers are used to portray the two windows on the front of the cab, while the side windows are actually open. It also sports a coal bunker on its left side, with a solid block implied to be a well tank on the right.

Differences from Basis

  • The model features less pipework.
  • The model's wheel arch is more rounded.
  • The model's cab door is wider.
  • The model is coloured carmine (as opposed to light green or Crimson Lake).

Differences from Books

  • The model features less pipework.
  • The model's cab door is wider.
  • The model is coloured carmine (as opposed to bright red)

Differences from TV Series

  • The model's wheel arch is more rounded (matching the live action, but not the CG show).
  • The model has a well tank on one side, replacing a coal bunker.
  • The model is coloured carmine (as opposed to vermillion).

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